webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of September, 2020.

Why I link to Wayback Machine instead of original web content
September 08, 2020 (comments)
A webshit doesn't like advertising. Hackernews thinks that linking to archives is mean because it deprives webshits of ad revenue and places too much trust in mysterious non-profits with decades of demonstrable good faith activities. An archivist shows up to mention that you can just provide both links and stop whining.

The Long-Term Stock Exchange Opens for Business
September 09, 2020 (comments)
A webshit tries to fix more problems with money. Hackernews doesn't really understand what the hell this is about, but since javascript and money are the only problem-solving tools Hackernews has any faith in, they're very excited by whatever this is. The webshit shows up to answer questions. It doesn't help; even Hackernews can see through the pageantry.

Relativty – An open-source VR headset
September 10, 2020 (comments)
Some dipshits have designed a product that is hundreds of dollars cheaper than its competition, presuming you have thousands of dollars of equipment, years of training, and enough free time. Rather than just enjoying their hobby, the dipshits are convinced it should sustain an entire business. Presumably they can get 100% market penetration amongst all fourteen people who give a shit about VR goggles. Hackernews greatly appreciates technological achievements combined with an obtuse assumption of marketability, so the story receives many votes, but there is no interesting application of homemade VR goggles, so there aren't many comments.

Security by obscurity is underrated
September 11, 2020 (comments)
An Internet defends the concept of 'security through obscurity' by advocating for it to be included in a range of other security measures. Hackernews completely agrees, but at least acknowledges the original admonition against obscurity involved it being the primary security measure. There follows four hundred comments from Hackernews reporting whatever is in their server logs from botnet attacks.

Super Mario Bros. 3 in 3 Minutes – World Record Speedrun Explained [video]
September 12, 2020 (comments)
An Internet makes a video explaining some programming. Hackernews is astounded that someone bothered to understand how a system worked before attempting to program it, but quickly gets distracted by other video games.

Nvidia to Acquire Arm for $40B
September 13, 2020 (comments)
Nvidia saves a few dollars on Tegra license fees. Hackernews cannot figure out why Apple didn't buy this company instead. The rest of the comments are Hackernews naming dead or dying processor architectures they've heard of.

Microsoft's underwater data centre resurfaces after two years
September 14, 2020 (comments)
Microsoft drags its science project back out of the brine, then pretends it was worth doing. There is no useful information in the news article, no actual data presented from Microsoft, and no actionable information to be had anywhere, so Hackernews posts three hundred comments speculating as hard as they can, then incorrecting each other about it.